Last years grand finalists were put to the test in a gruelling pre-season power session as the Sea Eagles endured the scorching Sydney temperature today.


In an arduous field session that left the squad short-winded and longing for a rest, the strong man challenge provided the players with something different outside of their usual gym routine.


With a balanced mix of youth and experience in the squad, Sea Eagles forward Jamie Buhrer says pre-season training has been gratifying as his side prepare to go further in 2014.


"Its been good, no different to all other preseasons," Buhrer said. "Its been difficult but its been good.


"Weve got a fair bit of new and young players looking for an opportunity, so everyones been pretty hungry and were just going about learning about some of the plays we originally had and fortify that and bringing in some new plays.


"Weve been mixing that up with some strong man stuff, so the boys are enjoying it. Everyones feeling as fresh as you can be after being flogged for five days a week."


Having lost several veteran forwards at the end of last season, Buhrer is adamant the void can be filled and believes it brings healthy competition amongst the playing group as they vie for a position in coach Geoff Tooveys 17 next season.


Weve got a lot of young front rowers that have come to the club looking for an opportunity. Weve already got a few here that have played some grade, so its going to be an interesting battle going into round one.